Sydney Cup 2021

Saturday April 17, 2021

Ladbrokes Tip: The Chairman’s Handicap has produced more Sydney Cup winners than any other lead-up race

The Sydney Cup is one of four Group 1 Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival features held on Day 2 of The Championships at Royal Randwick Racecourse on the second Saturday in April* each season.

*In 2021 the Sydney Cup will run on the third Saturday of April with all race meetings of the autumn in Sydney from Slipper Day onwards postponed a week due to the weather.

The meeting’s headline race is also the The Championship’s richest – the Group 1 $4 million Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m). The Sydney Cup is another lucrative clash offering a total of $2 million in prize money including $1.2 million to the Sydney Cup winner.

In 2020 the Sydney Cup prize money was reduced to $1 million with $580,000 for the winner due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but returned to $2 million for the 2021 edition. 

Run over 3200m the two mile classic is held over the same distance as the ‘race that stops a nation’ – the Group 1 Melbourne Cup at Flemington on the first Tuesday of November in the spring. Stayers in the Sydney Cup field face off under handicap conditions with the lowest handicap weight being 50kgs, or 48kgs for the three-year-olds. Winners of the Chipping Norton Stakes and Tancred Stakes (formerly The BMW) are exempt from Sydney Cup ballot.

The traditional lead-up to the Sydney Cup is the Group 2 Chairman’s Handicap (2600m) run the previous Saturday and that also offers a ballot and penalty exemption for the Group 1 back at the track the following weekend.

The last horse to complete the Chairman’s Handicap – Sydney Cup double was the Gai Waterhouse-trained The Offer (2014).

The 2021 Sydney Cup takes place at Royal Randwick on Saturday April 17, 2021. 

Sydney Cup Race Info

  • Date: Saturday April 17, 2021
  • Track: Royal Randwick Racecourse
  • Distance: 3200m
  • Conditions: Handicap
  • Status: Group 1
  • Prize Money: $2 million 
  • First Run: 1862

2021 Sydney Cup Results

The 2021 Sydney Cup results and finishing order will be confirmed on Saturday April 17, 2021 and announced below as soon as available.

  • 1st: TBD
  • 2nd: TBD
  • 3rd: TBD

Sydney Cup Betting & Odds

Sydney Cup betting is led each year by the best performing stayers in the Chairman’s Handicap held only seven days earlier on Day 1 of The Championships.

Horses that ran in the first four in their lead-up runs have a top record in the classic and so always feature highly up the Sydney Cup odds as do gallopers with proven two mile form.

Only four Sydney Cup winners since 1983 have come off a lead-up run outside of Sydney with the former Kiwi-trained mare Etah James (2020) having run fourth in the Auckland Cup across the Tasman, the UK raider Polarisation (2017), Adelaide Cup winner Gallic (2007) and Mr. Prudent (2001) who ran third in a Melbourne Group 3 at Caulfield.

Sydney Cup favourites have a solid record in the race over the past decade with six saluting for the punters from 2005 – 2020 most recently The Offer (2014).

Older gallopers also run well in the race with five seven-year-old winners including Etah James (2020), one eight-year-old veteran and Who Shot The Barman (2018) winning at nine years of age from 2006 – 2020.

2021 Sydney Cup Odds

The Sydney Cup 2021 betting odds will be published below as soon as markets on the Group 1 two mile classic are open.

Sydney Cup 2021 ODDS

Early market betting odds on the 2021 Sydney Cup will be displayed below once available. Odds are subject to fluctuation. For current odds on all of our live markets, please visit

Sydney Cup Field
Sydney Cup odds were long on the 2015 winner Grand Marshal

Grand Marshal (2015) won at Sydney Cup odds of $41 in an upset autumn Group 1 result. Photo Credit: Steve Hart.

The Sydney Cup field attracts the season’s best stayers coming out of the Chairman’s Handicap the previous weekend also held at Randwick.

The Chairman’s Handicap has produced more Sydney Cup winners than any other lead-up race with The Offer (2014) the latest to do the double.

Sydney Cup nominations close on a Monday in early February before first acceptances are taken a month later.

The final Sydney Cup field of acceptors and barrier draw are then out on the Tuesday before the race and often attracts horses that have previous two mile form in races like the Adelaide Cup in March and the spring’s iconic Melbourne Cup.

2021 Sydney Cup Field

The Sydney Cup 2021 field and barrier draw will be announced by Racing NSW on the Tuesday leading-up to race day and published in full below.

2021 Sydney Cup Nominations

The 2021 Sydney Cup nominations closed on Tuesday the 9th of February, 2021 attracting 105 stayers led in betting by the Hawkes Racing-trained import Mount Popa

2021 Sydney Cup First Acceptances

Sydney Cup first acceptances are taken in early March a month after the original nominations and about four weeks out from race day.

The 2021 Sydney Cup first acceptances closed at 12:00pm (local Sydney time) on Tuesday the 9th of March, 2021 and left 57 stayers led in updated betting by former VRC Oaks champion Miami Bound

  Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight True Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 x222x16x79 SIR DRAGONET (IRE) H 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 1= 57.5kg 57.5kg   114
2 1x0561x124 COLETTE M 4 James Cummings 1= 55kg 55kg   114
3 3x462605x3 AVILIUS (GB) G 7 James Cummings 3 56.5kg 56.5kg   111
4 3x74108x93 MIRAGE DANCER (GB) H 7 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 4= 56kg 56kg   110
5 2x18734x26 THE CHOSEN ONE (NZ) H 5 Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman 4= 56kg 56kg   110
6 41301x79x7 SOUTHERN FRANCE (IRE) G 6 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 6= 55kg 55kg   108
7 0x21121x66 CONCERT HALL (NZ) M 6 Roger James & Robert Wellwood 6= 53kg 53kg   108
8 x58203x681 TOFFEE TONGUE (NZ) M 4 Chris Waller 8 51kg 51kg   107
9 14x04508x6 MASTER OF WINE (GER) G 6 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 9= 54kg 54kg   106
10 x513883x28 SAN HUBERTO (IRE) H 5 Matt Cumani 9= 54kg 54kg   106
11 522621×623 SOUND (GER) H 8 Michael Moroney 9= 54kg 54kg   106
12 9x03310x49 STEEL PRINCE (IRE) G 7 Anthony & Sam Freedman 12= 53.5kg 53.5kg   105
13 4066107×87 MIAMI BOUND (NZ) M 4 Danny O’Brien 12= 51.5kg 51.5kg   105
14 4x1x2211x2 SPIRIT RIDGE (GB) G 6 Mark Newnham 12= 51.5kg 51.5kg   105
15 5x00980x48 MUSTAJEER (GB) G 8 Kris Lees 15= 54kg 54kg   104
16 12×5111166 DEFIBRILLATE (NZ) G 6 Patrick Payne 15= 53kg 53kg   104
17 6613x500x9 RAHEEN HOUSE (IRE) G 7 Kris Lees 15= 53kg 53kg   104
18 5x2193x735 CHAPADA G 5 Michael Moroney 15= 52kg 52kg   104
19 3115x05x75 QUICK THINKER H 4 Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman 19= 53kg 53kg   102
20 21111x121x AMADE (IRE) G 7 Phillip Stokes 19= 52kg 52kg   102
21 0006x063x5 SHRAAOH (IRE) G 8 Chris Waller 19= 52kg 52kg   102
22 0002860882 CHARLES ROAD G 7 Lance O’Sullivan & Andrew Scott 19= 50kg 50kg   102
23 x540134200 IN A TWINKLING G 5 Jamie Richards 23= 52.5kg 52.5kg   101
24 6x2593x665 ANGEL OF TRUTH G 5 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 23= 51.5kg 51.5kg   101
25 6937972944 PLATINUM INVADOR (NZ) G 5 Lisa Latta 23= 51kg 51kg   101
26 0x32400x65 HUSH WRITER (JPN) G 6 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 26= 51.5kg 51.5kg   100
27 7811x188x7 LORD BELVEDERE (GB) G 7 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 26= 51kg 51kg   100
28 1251×31112 SACRAMENTO G 4 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 28 50kg 50kg   99
29 x695082x80 RONDINELLA (NZ) M 6 John O’Shea 29 50kg 50kg   97
30 06027×8551 GOOD IDEA G 6 Phillip Stokes 30= 50kg 50kg   96
31 5361325×32 SHE’S IDEEL M 5 Bjorn Baker 30= 50kg 50kg   96
32 4x1x1736x3 COLLIDE (GB) H 6 Kris Lees 32= 50kg 50kg   95
33 150x000x60 MISS SENTIMENTAL (NZ) M 5 Chris Waller 32= 50kg 50kg   95
34 35678x8x56 NELSON (IRE) G 6 Robert Hickmott 34= 50kg 50kg   93
35 0011455×77 PATHS OF GLORY (GB) G 6 Richard & Michael Freedman 34= 50kg 50kg   93
36 1x28228x86 SELINO (GB) G 5 Chris Waller 34= 50kg 50kg   93
37 2524549×35 POLLY GREY (NZ) M 6 Chris Waller 37 50kg 50kg   92
38 x65119x241 ENTENTE G 4 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 38= 50kg 50kg   91
39 342×471822 SIN TO WIN (NZ) G 8 Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes 38= 50kg 50kg   91
40 40x5x01414 SKYMAX (GER) G 5 Mark Newnham 38= 50kg 50kg   91
41 0x044x6852 DADOOZDART (GB) G 5 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 41= 50kg 50kg   88
42 36513×6914 YONKERS (USA) G 5 Chris Waller 41= 50kg 50kg   88
43 123×752 YOUNG WERTHER (NZ) G 3 Danny O’Brien 41= 49kg 49kg   88
44 4844668×33 SCARLET DREAM M 5 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 44 50kg 50kg   86
45 1x47x0x088 HAPPY PHARRELL (FR) G 6 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 45 50kg 50kg   85
46 643x21018x FAVORITE MOON (GER) G 4 William Haggas 46 50kg 50kg   84
47 9×05435824 KISS THE BRIDE (NZ) G 5 Bjorn Baker 47= 50kg 50kg   82
48 23x6525x89 MOONLIGHT MAID M 4 Mitchell Freedman 47= 50kg 50kg   82
49 1x58862x62 REALM OF FLOWERS M 4 Anthony & Sam Freedman 47= 50kg 50kg   82
50 x16x7164x7 SARACEN KNIGHT (IRE) G 6 Robert Hickmott 47= 50kg 50kg   82
51 1x30x0x861 MOHICAN HEIGHTS (IRE) G 4 Chris Waller 51 50kg 50kg   79
52 050×083412 SHEPARD (GB) G 5 Peter G Moody 52 50kg 50kg   77
53 x952033150 KAAPFEVER (NZ) G 6 Joseph Pride 53 50kg 50kg   76
54 4521130×33 BEAUDZ WELL (NZ) G 4 John Wheeler 54= 50kg 50kg   74
55 21×3134 GREAT HOUSE (IRE) G 4 Chris Waller 54= 50kg 50kg   74
56 37114015×0 TRUE MARVEL (FR) G 5 Matthew Smith 56 50kg 50kg   65
57 x4221x4273 ALAKAHAN (IRE) G 5 Richard & Michael Freedman 57 50kg 50kg   59
   Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

Sydney Cup Tips

Sydney Cup tips favour proven stayers with good lead-up form at Randwick or Rosehill, especially those that ran well in the previous weekend’s Chairman’s Handicap.

Horses carrying between 52kg and 55.5kg also make for a top Sydney Cup tip with only two winners since 2000 carrying more than that to victory with Gallic (56kg in 2007) and Mourayan (58kg in 2013).

Three-year-olds have poor form in the race with just two wins since 1983 most recently Tie The Knot (1998) for his first, while the last mare to win was Jessicabeel (2010).

2021 Sydney Cup Tips

Our Ladbrokes’ exclusive Sydney Cup 2021 betting tips and exotic selections on the two mile autumn classic will be detailed below the week of the race so stay tuned for the stayers to back and sack in this year’s Sydney Cup trifecta.

Sydney Cup Form Guide

The Sydney Cup form guide gives punters all the information they need pre-betting including the trainers, jockeys, weights and barriers for all the horses in the field.

Looking at the Sydney Cup lead-up form is important with gallopers that finished top four in their final lead-up runs dominating the race, while the Chairman’s Handicap is the best form line for the two mile showdown.

Trainer Chris Waller has prepared four Sydney Cup winners in the past decade with Stand To Gain (2011), Grand Marshal (2015), Who Shot Thebarman (2018) and Shraaoh (2019).

Jim Cassidy is the leading Sydney Cup jockey with three winning rides to date including on the Chris Waller-trained 40/1 roughie Grand Marshal (2015).

Sydney Cup Form Facts

  • The only Sydney Cup winner to finish worse than fourth in their lead-up run since 2006 was Stand To Gain (2011)
  • Only five mares have beaten the boys in the Sydney Cup results in the past 30 years most recently Etah James (2020) and Jessicabeel (2010) a decade apart
  • Five-year-olds won five of the editions of the Sydney Cup from 2011 – 2020
  • In the years from 2008 – 2020 five favourites in Sydney Cup betting saluted for the punters
  • The longest priced Sydney Cup winners in the past 30 years were Just A Dancer ($41 in 1991) and Grand Marshal ($41 in 2015)

2021 Sydney Cup Form Guide

A link to our comprehensive Sydney Cup 2021 Form Guide will be provided for punters below the week of the race.

Sydney Cup Results

Sydney Cup results in the past 10 years have been dominated by the favourites.

The longest priced Sydney Cup winners in that time however were Grand Marshall ($41 in 2015) and Stand To Gain ($21 in 2011) so upsets are also not uncommon. Some of the most noteworthy Sydney Cup winners in the past 30 years include The Offer (2014), Jessicabeel (2010) and Makybe Diva (2004).

Sydney Cup Winners

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2020 Etah James The Chosen One Raheen House 3:28.4
2019 Shraaoh Vengeur Masque Glory Days 3:22.0
2018 Who Shot Thebarman Zacada Sir Charles Road 3:20.0
2017 Polarisation Who Shot Thebarman Big Duke 3:29.1
2016 Gallante Libran Grand Marshal 3:24.5
2015 Grand Marshal Who Shot Thebarman Like A Carousel 3:24.7
2014 The Offer Opinion Sertorius 3:23.8
2013 Mourayan Norsqui Aliyana Tilde 3:24.2
2012 Niwot Efficient Once Were Wild 3:20.4
2011 Stand To Gain Older Than Time Solid Billing 3:29.1
2010 Jessicabeel Divine Rebel Harris Tweed 3:21.8
2009 Ista Kareem Divine Rebel Mr Tipsy 3:27.4
2008 No Wine No Song Pentathon Lang 3:25.5
2007 Gallic Irazu No Wine No Song 3:27.3
2006 County Tyrone Zabeat Three Chimneys 3:22.6
2005 Mahtoum County Tyrone Philosophe 3:27.6
2004 Makybe Diva Manawa King Mummify 3:21.2
2003 Honor Babe County Tyrone Grey Song 3:30.5
2002 Henderson Bay Mr. Prudent Spirit of Westbury 3:26.7
2001 Mr. Prudent Prophet’s Kiss Starina 3:26.9
2000 Streak Sharscay Ears’ Ronny 3:30.3